Saint Vincent de Paul Track and Field Wins 2nd Place

Saint Vincent de Paul holding 2nd Place Trophy in the Union Catholic Grammar School Invitational. Credits: SVDP

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - In their first and largest track and field meet of the season, Saint Vincent de Paul (SVDP) School located in Stirling NJ, won second place at the Union Catholic Grammar School Invitational. The meet was held on Sunday, April 27 at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains and included a few hundred 3rd thru 8th grade student athletes representing 18 schools.

The girls fueled the Knights on what turned out to be a very special day for the Saint Vincent de Paul School. The Top 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers included sixth grader Laura Baeyens of Stirling who dominated in the 1600m run, setting a meet record of 6:07. Laura also went on to place 1st in the 800m and 3rd in the shotput. Fourth grader Isabella Rogers of Berkeley Heights bested her age group by finishing 1st place in all three of her events, the 100m, 800m and the Long Jump. Also from Berkeley Heights were sisters Catherine (6th grade) and Emily Dolan (8th grade) who both placed 1st in the Turbo-jav and 2nd in the Shot put. Emily then delivered a 2nd place finish in the 800m while Catherine delivered a 3rd.

Rounding out the top finishers for the girls were sixth grader Mary Theoclitus of Long Hill who placed 1st in the Long Jump, fourth grader Emma Baeyens of Stirling taking 3rd in the 1600m and third grader Elizabeth Vreeland of Stirling who placed 3rd in the Turbo-jav.

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Among the boys the top 3 finishers were fourth grader Richie Mistichelli of Warren who placed 1st in the 800m, sixth grader Nick Lucente from Long Hill took 2nd in the 200m and 3rd in the 100m and Turbo Jav. Also fifth graders James Coslet and Tim Marshall from Long Hill placed 3rd in the shot put and the 400m respectively.

Additional event medal winners and point earners for the SVDP Knights were as follows:

Cassie Apuzzo: 4th Shot put
Chris Apuzzo: 6th Long Jump
Cozy Apuzzo: 4th Long Jump
Emma Baeyens: 6th 800
James Coslet: 5th Turbo-jav
Kaitlyn DeBello: 6th Turbo-jav
Peter Dugan: 5th Turbo-jav
Tommy Garno: 4th 800
Tim Marshall: 6th Turbo-jav
Richie Mistichelli: 4th 400
Catherine Tangreti: 5th Turbo-jav
Mary Theoclitus: 6th 1600

Head Coach Dave Theoclitus was ecstatic with the victory stating, "Everyone should be really proud. I saw lots of last second sprints and lunges at the finish line. We took 2nd by only 3 points so every extra stride and muscle twitch was what did it.  And our field work got us almost half our points. Outstanding - What a tremendous effort by our kids on both the track and field events!"

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